Quotes

Be independent of the good opinion of other people. — Abraham Maslow

If the essential core of the person is denied or suppressed, he gets sick sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes immediately, sometimes later. — Abraham Maslow

Self-actualized people…live more in the real world…than in the man-made mass of concepts, abstractions, expectations, beliefs and stereotypes that most people confuse with the world. — Abraham Maslow

It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement. — Abraham Maslow

One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. — Abraham Maslow

The person in peak-experiences feels himself…to be the responsible, active, creating center of his activities and of his perceptions. He feels more like a prime-mover, more self-determined (rather than caused, determined, helpless, dependent, passive, weak, bossed). He feels himself to be his own boss, fully responsible, fully volitional, with more “free-will” than at other times, master of his fate, an agent. — Abraham Maslow

Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values. — Abraham Maslow

Emotions of other people can become part of us; they can become our emotions. Experiencing this doesn’t even take effort. We just do it, automatically, intuitively, and largely uncontrollably. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

Mirror neurons “mirror” the behavior and emotions of the people surrounding us in such a way that the others become part of us. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

Seeing other people eat chocolate triggers a feeling for what it would be like to do the same. That helps us understand what they do, but unfortunately, it also triggers a tendency to do the same. Mirror neurons make us fundamentally social —for better and worse. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

The activity of the mirror neurons may be best understood as an inner feeling of relating to the actions of others, a sharing of the wish to act. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

The mirror system builds a bridge between the minds of two people. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

Our brain is set up to resonate with the people around us. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

The motor resonance that links our brains can vary in strength. One of the fascinating topics of future research will be to investigate how the strength of that connection can be manipulated. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

Emotions and actions are contagious. Invisible strings of shared circuits tie our minds together. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

The human brain is wired to be empathic. — Christian Keysers, The Empathic Brain

Sects are the yeast of crowds. Whatever serious or grave thing a crowd accomplishes…has been inspired by an (association). — Gabriel Tarde, Foules et Sectes du Point de Vue Criminel

The crowds, the popular masses, form one entity, almost an organism with forces and energies, wills and sensations, ideas and actions, which is governed by laws different from those that govern individual actions. — Giuseppe Pugliese, Del Delitto Collettivo

Men are ruled by ideas, sentiments, and customs. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Behind the phenomena which we see clearly are other phenomena that we see indistinctly, and perhaps behind these latter, yet others which we do not see at all. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

A crowd scarcely distinguishes between the subjective and objective. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

In a crowd every sentiment and act is contagious. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

The memorable events of history are the visible effects of the invisible changes of human thought. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

[Crowds] form a single being, and [are] subjected to the law of mental unity. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

An entire nation…may become a crowd under the action of certain influences. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

The greater part of our daily actions are the result of hidden motives which escape our observation. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Every civilisation is the outcome of a small number of fundamental ideas that are very rarely renewed. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

An idea…only exerts influence when…it has entered the domain of the unconscious. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

A person is not religious solely when he worships a divinity, but when he puts all the resources of his mind, the complete submission of his will, and the whole-souled ardour of fanaticism at the service of a cause. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Traditions represent the ideas, the needs, and the sentiments of the past. They are the synthesis of the race, and weigh upon us with immense force. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

A pyramid far loftier than that of Cheops could be raised with the bones of men who have been victims of the power of words. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Ideas, sentiments, emotions, and beliefs possess…a contagious power as intense as that of microbes. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

A panic that has seized on a few sheep will soon extend to the whole flock. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

General beliefs are the indispensable pillars of civilisations; they determine the trend of ideas. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Men are guided in their conduct above all by their beliefs and by the customs that are the consequence of those beliefs. — Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

I struggle with the spirit of the mob, which strives to take possession of me. The same phenomenon…is produced each time a large number of men are together. — Guy de Maupassant, Afloat

He catches the fever from contact with those who are fevered… — Hippolyte Taine, The Origins of Contemporary France

Ideas are hard to contain. — James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

It is as if the other person’s intention inhabited my body and mine his. — Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Does the system so created think and will and feel and act? — R.M. Maciver, Community

Every mind is influenced by every kind of environment. — R.M. Maciver, Community

In the individual’s mental life someone else is invariably involved. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The perception…of an emotional state is calculated automatically to arouse the same emotion in the person who perceives them. The greater the number of people…the stronger does this automatic compulsion grow. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

An individual in a group is subjected…[to] a profound alteration in his mental activity. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

If an individual gives up his distinctiveness in a group…he does it because he feels the need of being in harmony with them rather than in opposition to them. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

We are reminded of…how much every individual is ruled by [attitudes] of the group mind which exhibit themselves in such forms as racial characteristics, class prejudices, public opinion, etc. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The influence of suggestion…is not exercised only by the leader, but by every individual upon every other individual [in a group]. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The individual feels ‘incomplete’ if he is alone. Opposition to the herd is as good as separation from it, and is therefore anxiously avoided. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The herd turns away from anything that is new or unusual. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The herd instinct would appear to be something primary, something ‘which cannot be split up’. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

The psychology of the group is the oldest human psychology; individual psychology…has only [come] into prominence out of the old group psychology, by a gradual process which may still, perhaps, be described as incomplete. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

Each individual [has] a share in numerous group minds–those of his race, of his class, of his creed, of his nationality, etc. — Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego

We all embody an emotional force field that acts on the people we love…Our minds are in turn pulled by the emotional magnets of those close to us, transforming any landscape we happen to contemplate and painting it with the colors and textures THEY SEE. — Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love

Relatedness is the deeply gratifying state that people seek ceaselessly in romance, religions, and cults; in husbands and wives, pets, softball teams, bowling leagues, and a thousand other features of human life. — Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love

Every person broadcasts information about his inner world. If a listener quiets his neocortical chatter…melodies begin to penetrate the static of anonymity. — Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love

I predict that mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology. — V.S. Ramachandran

A society…acquires a structure and qualities which are largely independent of the qualities of the individuals who enter into its composition. It becomes an organised system of forces which has a life of its own, tendencies of its own, a power of moulding all its component individuals. — William McDougall, The Group Mind

 

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